frequently asked questions
After years of frustration with storing and protecting her canning jars, Jeri McFarlane decided it was finally time to do something about it. See "About Us" for the full story.
A JarBox is a specially-designed plastic container that keeps your jars safe, clean and organized. It can be used as a one-piece shell; or, two shells put together make a JarBox.
The Pint size shell is 18.25" x 13.13' x 2.75". The Quart size shell is 20" x 14.50" x 3.75". Double the height if snapped together as a JarBox. Two shells nested together add just about 1" in height.
What's the difference between a shell and a JarBox?
Yes! You can even wash them out with your hose if you want to : )
JarBox has quite a few advantages over plain old cardboard boxes:
- If a jar leaks, the bottom or side won't fall out of JarBox.
- Mice and bugs will have a VERY difficult time trying to nest in with your jars.
- You can put JarBoxes in your root cellar.
- You can CLEAN JarBoxes.
- Jars closed in a JarBox cannot contact each other -- even shaken side to side or upside down.
- They stack.
- They nest.
- They are mobile.
- They prevent breakage.
- They are designed to be heirlooms!
Yes. This is very important! JarBox latches are designed to be stiff when you first start using them because they relax over time. Our recommendation is to place your fingers in the space in between the shells just to the "latch" side of the corner. Then, slide your fingers toward you (and the latches) until the latches release. You can do this with both sides at once or one side at a time. If you release just one side first you will easily lift the other side off. That way you can "break-in" the new latches gently providing for a lifetime of use.
Each JarBox is composed of two identical shells; a shell is 1/2 of a JarBox.
JarBox design & engineering
JarBoxes will come in a "family" of sizes. Available now are the quart and pint size. Each size holds up to 12 jars.
The "top" and the "bottom" are the same in design. It is called a "shell". So, two shells put together make a JarBox.
Those features are intended to provide a way for you to secure lid-to-bottom, box-to-box, stack-to-trailer wall, box-to-shelf... you name it! Some have used those little 4" zip ties to secure top-to-bottom when they are taking JarBoxes camping or storing them for long periods of time. You can easily use even yarn or shoe laces or twisty ties or whatever you have laying around to secure the top to the bottom for additional strength.
They do stack and lock well! Those little locator rings (circles and semi-circles on the outside surface) really do their job. When you set a JarBOX on the top of another you will hear it "snap" into place as it locates. If you set it slightly off at first you just have to move it around a little, or locate it, and you'll know it's in the right place when you hear the "snap" and feel the connection. The fit is secure enough that you can't just push them off of each other with a casual "Get outta here!" type nudge.
It isn't possible for us to know all the different circumstances and conditions they may be stacked in so please take notice of your areas and surroundings as you use them. If you have ANY question as to the stability or travelability (is that a word?) of your Jar Boxes, rethink your plan. You can take advantage of the features that allow you to zip tie or bungee or paracord or whatever you want...them to themselves, each other or where ever you have them stored or are transporting them. The idea for those "half moon" shapes with the hole above came from Neenee's (Grandma's) need to secure them in her RV and our need to secure them in our truck when we take them camping and in our trailer when we moved. JarBoxes are designed to stack on each other. Stack responsibly!
Empty JarBoxes nest inside each other to save space and shipping costs.
There are two latches at each end of the JarBoxes, one on each side of the handle (so four all together). They are arranged male/female opposite so you can put the top tote on without having to figure out which way it goes on. JarBoxes also have additional securing methods provided, allowing you to secure them with zip ties at the half moon/ hole features. Some people have used yarn, shoelaces, twisty ties....or whatever they have laying around to add that security in times when they needed extra. There will always be a way you can secure your top JarBOX Tote to the bottom one.
Why people love JarBox
Our customers love JarBox!
“I have fought boxes for 40 years and jars breaking. Thank goodness for these new containers which I will be able to hand down for generations. Hurray! P.S. Moving would be so much easier!”
“I have been searching for some way to protect my home-canned goods when we go camping or from earthquakes. Eureka! This is it!”
“Wow, what a neat idea. This solves all the storage and transporting problems we have come across. No more broken boxes, no more worry about moisture damage to cardboard. Fit really good in the trunk of the car, and ride great in the back of the pick-up. Thanks—this is great.”
I have my JarBoxes and I’m very happy with them, they are well made. Thank you!”
“A gift well received. Your JarBoxes were a great hit! She was thrilled to see what they were and really excited about them. And she said that one of the other two recipients had just bottled lots of things recently so she’ll love them too.”
JarBoxes?! Absolutely an awesome idea! I personally chose to not do more canning because of the breakage issue. I am so excited to finally have a product available and am looking forward to getting back to canning! Excellent job!”
“Amazing design! I have moved 13 times and I was always frustrated with the cardboard boxes that my canning jars were stored in. Over time they fell apart. These boxes will make storing jars, empty or full, so much easier. They have been so well thought out. The strength & stacking ability will be a…
“For the first time, canning makes sense! This is the solution to a problem that has kept me from doing a lot of great things! Thank you!!”